Character Day 2015 (Sep 18) Made Ripples!


This is a project created by our nonprofit Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, and all films and resources are free. If you didn't get a chance to view the films please do check them out here. They have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English Captions, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish (Latin America), and Swahili.

The Adaptable MindThe Making of a MenschThe Science of Character

#CharacterDay absolutely blew our minds. Watching the stream of conversation, pictures, comments, press, etc. flow in and ripple out in so many directions was so beautiful, humbling, and most of all, inspiring. Thank you to everyone who participated in any way!


  • 6,752 screenings at schools, classrooms, workplaces, and organizations.
  • Events were held in 41 countries, on all inhabited continents. (There wasn't one in Antarctica this year;)
  • People from over 125 countries tapped into the conversation online. 
  • Over 35 million Twitter and press impressions and engagements.

Amazing coverage from such a wide range of sources, from US Sec of Education Arne Duncan's great article about CharacterDay to:

Harvard Business Review  atlantic.pngPsychology-Today-Logo.gifUSA Today

and many many more!

My personal highlight was going to Mill Valley Middle School and at the end of The Adaptable Mind screening, an auditorium of 7th graders spontaneously started raising their hands along with the cloud footage of people raising their hands from all over the world. The teachers and I were all tearing up.

There were so many schools, classrooms , organizations, theaters, museums, libraries, and even entire school districts participating, from screenings in Australia, China, Tanzania, Honduras, Pakistan, France and many more!



In the Bay Area alone, there were at least 415 screenings with over 74,382 participants (San Francisco Unified had all 345 public schools and after school programs engaged)! The public premieres were a dream, with screenings at The San Francisco Public Library, The Exploratorium, The Mill Valley Library, and a full house gala event of 500 at the JCCSF Arts & Ideas program with special guests Vanessa Hidary, Art Professor Mary Beth Heffernan who is featured in The Adaptable Mind, and an on-stage interview with NPR’s Michael Krasny.


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